Porsche R&D Chief says a diesel Boxster is in the cards

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The recent 33rd Vienna Motor Symposium brought out some of the most amazing details about Volkswagen’s future plans, ranging from internal combustion engines to hybrids and electrics. However, one of the most amazing announcements involved a diesel engine for the future Porsche Boxster.

This isn’t the first time Porsche will be offering a diesel engine for their models - they are already doing it with the Cayenne and Panamera - but offering it in two large models and then going to a tiny sports car is quite a jump. It may sound crazy, but Porsche has indicated that it could happen in the future.

Porsche R&D Chief and VW Group’s engine guru Wolfgang Hatz said at the conference that he is "firmly convinced the internal combustion engine will remain dominant in the foreseeable future. The diesel has arrived and is a firm part of our strategy. There will be more powerful variations with Porsche-like performance. It would be wrong to say no to a Boxster diesel for all times."

This news follows the announcement of the Porsche Boxster E, which has been in the prototype stage for a couple of years ans should be debuting for the 2013 MY. The Boxster E is powered by two independent electric motors - one on the front axle and one on the rear - that develop a total power output of 241 HP and a maximum total torque of 398 lbs-ft at a maximum engine speed of approximately 12,000 rpm. With this amount of power, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 124 mph, all while producing zero tailpipe emissions.

The question is which type of engine would you prefer for the Boxster: a diesel or a full electric? Let us know in the comments section below!


Source: CarAndDriver

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  (365) posted on 06.26.2012

They should change its color, OMG. It’s really unflattering.

  (1211) posted on 06.25.2012

Diesel Boxster is just fine though it has complications regarding with the roller coaster pricing of the diesel in the world market that affects fuel pricing locally, but the electric Boxster will be beneficial for us and the earth.

  (224) posted on 06.22.2012

Maybe I just dislike the paint job that it has.

  (542) posted on 06.21.2012

I like everything about it. It’s nearly a perfect car, except for the chosen finishing colors.

  (194) posted on 06.20.2012

Maybe it would be better if Porsche would give it a facelift.

  (683) posted on 06.18.2012

It’s the best Porsche for me, but I’m not impressed with its exterior finishing.

  (830) posted on 06.15.2012

It’s such a practical way to sell the Boxster.

  (441) posted on 05.17.2012

Well, Porsche also has to release a petrol engine version of this.

  (466) posted on 05.13.2012

No matter what fuel it is powered with, I believe that Boxster will still be able to run dynamically and efficiently.

  (553) posted on 05.10.2012

Like I’ve said with Cayenne, I think Boxster would be more effectively dynamic if it’s diesel-powered too.

  (474) posted on 05.9.2012

Wasn’t it diesel-powered in the first place? I need to get educated more about the effects of certain fuels’ kinds on a car’s performance, if it makes a difference.

  (300) posted on 05.9.2012

How nice of Porsche to consider diesel fuel consumers! I bet this will be a bigger hit than its electric version.

  (558) posted on 05.8.2012

If it were proven that the electric version is more powerful than the diesel version, then I’d say no to this diesel Boxster.

  (287) posted on 05.7.2012

I’m pro diesel because it is cheaper, and I’m used to it, so I don’t dare to take the risk of using electric-powered cars. I strongly believe that fuel is still more efficient.

  (630) posted on 05.7.2012

I’d rather have the Porsche Boxster in full electric version, but I think it would be more suitable to be powered by diesel since plenty of people as of now are still in favor of using fuel. Sticking with my own opinion, I believe there would be lots of advantage if it were to be electric-powered.

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